Fee-Splitting & Referrals
A large portion of the business we do at the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC comes to us as referrals from other attorneys.
While some of the referrals from attorneys are due to their law firms not working in personal injury representation or civil litigation, we sometimes receive referrals from attorneys who do not have the resources to handle extremely complex civil cases.
Many of our referrals are also from out-of-state attorneys who do not regularly practice law in the state of Maryland.
Maintaining a Positive Relationship with Referring Attorneys
The Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC does everything in its power to earn the trust of referring attorneys and our clients.
The fee-splitting relationship we have had with other attorneys has proved extremely positive. While there are no guarantees regarding the ultimate results concerning any civil case, we do zealously advocate for all of our clients and will strive for the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys have provided personal injury and civil case representation for over 40 years. We have a reputation for success, having secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clientele.
We received the 2014 Top Litigator Awards in recognition of the million-dollar cases we have won. Most importantly, we cater to the needs of our clients and provide them with the most ethical representation. We pay specific attention to details and take great care to never jeopardize a case.
How Our Fee-Splitting Arrangement Works
Any fee-splitting arrangement that the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC engages in will remain consistent with the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Specifically, this includes Rule 1.5. We hold to this arrangement in the event of personal injury cases tried on a contingency basis or other civil cases with a different sort of billing scheme. Should any dispute arise regarding the fee arrangement, this will also be resolved according to Rule 1.5.
It is important to understand that fee-splitting is not the same as a referral fee. Rule 1.5 prohibits receipt of a fee for simple referral of a case to another firm. In addition, the referring attorney in a fee-splitting arrangement must be designated as co-counsel. This means that the referring attorney is jointly responsible for the case, even when not actually participating in trying the case. For this reason, we make ourselves available to referring attorneys at all times, and we continually keep these attorneys informed regarding the status of the case.
To discuss a fee-splitting arrangement, please contact Attorney James E. Farmer about your specific case.
Contact Our Firm to Learn More about Our Fee-Splitting Arrangements
While the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC has offices in Waldorf, we provide representation throughout the entire state of Maryland.